There are many factors that can lead to an acne breakout, but it can be hard memorizing exactly what all of those potential causes are and why you should avoid them. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases recently came out with examples of different factors that may make your acne worse. Here’s a look at some of their examples, plus Clear Clinic’s advice on how to remedy these acne aggravators:
Acne aggravator: Hormonal changes related to menstruation.
What to do about it: A 2004 study in the Archives of Dermatology showed 63% of acne-prone women experienced premenstrual acne flare-ups. Premenstrual breakouts are most likely caused by the surge of hormones in the body. When it’s nearing time for your next period, take special care that you are keeping on track of your prescribed acne skin care regimen. With Clear Clinic’s 360 degree approach to acne treatment, we have our female patients lessen their dairy intake when it comes time for their periods, as milk is naturally loaded with hormones. We also have our female acne sufferers come into Clear Clinic for Isolaz Acne Therapy or Blue Light Therapy treatment.
Acne aggravator: Exposure to oil in skincare products
What to do about it: If you have acne-prone skin, it’s important to make sure that all of your skincare products say either “non-comedogenic” or “non acnegenic.” There are certain oils, such as mineral oil, that can contribute to pore blockage and the formation of a pimple. You also want to make sure that your hair products do not get on your skin, as those contain oils that may clog the pores as well
Acne aggravator: Picking at your pimples
What to do about it: The obvious solution is not to pick at your pimples! But we know that’s easier said than done. If you feel a pimple forming, the best thing you can do for it is to apply a spot treatment. If you simply must get rid of that zit by this week, book an appointment for a cortisone shot.